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Adventures in...France

Here are links to articles I have written related to France...

My Lunch with Robert Redford  A day with the beautiful people at the Hotel Martinez in Cannes, France.  Potent champagne cocktails, pricey spicy noodles, and a movie star...

The Serendipitous Traveler in Gordes  "With sweeping views of the valley below, historic stone buildings, and a city square that is utterly typique of Southern France, it is easy to understand why Gordes has been a favorite location for movie and television shoots, including A Good Year, starring Russell Crowe..."

There's No Place Like Paris  Daydreaming about Paris on a dreary Spring day...

Marie Antoinette's Boob Tree  Exploring the grounds of Versailles, Leah Marie Brown happens upon an unusual specimen...Marie Antoinette's Boob Tree...

Falling in Love with Paris, One Bistro at a Time  "After a long day of maneuvering my way through crowded museums or congested boulevards, I like to park my bottom in a well-worn bistro chair, order a glass of wine and a croque monsieur, and watch the panoply of Parisians parade past the windows..."

Dallying with Spirits  A visit to historic, haunted Strasbourg, France

Serendipity in a Prison  "I have written about the many magnificent, serendipitous events that happen on my adventures, but I have never told you about the time that serendipity grabbed me by the throat and squeezed until I could barely breathe..."

Marie Antoinette's Cream Puffs  Leah Marie Brown's obsession with Marie Antoinette takes her on a quest to find the queen's favorite pastries...

Haunted Versailles:  Through a Door Lightly  "I couldn't resist wrapping my fingers around the knob. The brass was smooth and cool against my palm. I was struck by the thought, "Marie Antoinette might have touched this very knob." A delightful shiver ran up my spine..."

Versailles: Through the Lens of a Master  Leah Marie Brown interviews professional travel photographer, Stephanie Mounts, about her images of the Palace of Versailles...

My Norman Roots - Part I   "When I first visited Normandy in 2005, I already knew my family had strong ties to the region.  My grandfather was one of the 160,000 Allied troops to storm her beaches on..."

My Norman Roots - Part II  Leah Marie Brown continues her tour of Normandy with a stay in a chateau and a tour of the Calvados region...

Serendipitous Traveler in...Carcassone  A cold, a ride in the Zen car, and a day at Carcassone...

Serendipitous Traveler...My Macabre Day in Paris  "I started my morning off with a brisk, but purposeful walk through the Montparnasse Cemetery.  I confess, I rather enjoy visiting historic cemeteries.  I experience a macabre delight when gazing at the creepy statues guarding the mausoleums..."

Serendipitous Traveler...A Visit to Historic Montmarte  "La Bonne Franquette has been an auberge for over 400 years.  Renoir, Monet, Sisley, Pissarro, Cezanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Vincent Van Gogh were once regular patrons..."

Serendipitous Traveler...Private Behind the Scenes Tour of Versailles  Leah Marie Brown describes her private tour of the hidden corridors and corners of the Palace of Versailles...

Concert in La Sainte Chapelle  "If my soul had been stirred listening to the violin music, it was seismically shaken listening to Besnard sing Schubert's poetic piece..."












1 comment:

Unknown said...

Hi, I love the way you describe Paris. I had seen the English bookstore. I need to tell my daughter about it. I also would love to go to a concert at St. Chappelle. I had seen that. We only have 3 full days and the afternoon evening on our day of arrival. We get there on Wed, Aug 17 and leave Sunday morning, Aug 21 to go to Amsterdam, then Barcelona for the same amount of time. (If you have been there and have ideas, please send them.) I would love to explore the countryside but honestly, I think we will spend our time in the city. We are going to see the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Lourve (per my daughter's request). She pretty much doesn't care what else we do. We are talking about taking a cooking class, Le Foodist, in the Latin Quarter. Our hotel is near the Eiffel Tower, but after reading your blogs, I have spent HOURS researching to find a hotel that I like as much as the Hotel Relais Bosquet in the 7th arrondisement. I think we would love to stay in a little place like you describe. Would you mind telling me where you stayed? I will check out your suggestions and hope to keep this conversation going. I was excited to hear back from you. Love the way you travel. I think if I knew I could go back often as you do, then I could feel freer to not feel compelled to see this and that.

Ok....so here is what I am thinking as far as itinerary.(Planned with hotel near Eiffel Tower in mind). First afternoon and evening....Champs Elysees?, Rue Cler, cafe dinner, Evening river cruise and Eiffel Tower after sundown. Thurs Lourve, not sure we will have time to see anything else but I don't want to stay all day. Sacre Coeur?, Nice dinner----suggestions?, Friday--Visit bookstore, stroll neighborhoods...maybe do a walk, Saturday- take a cooking class with Le Foodist....he told me that this Saturday he will be giving a tour of the Latin Quarter, so we could visit Le Marais afterwards....then we leave on Sunday. I wish we had one more day here and one less day in Amsterdam but I guess I use that day to rest.
Again, thanks for your ideas.
Phyllis